As Wednesday morning progressed the wind eased until 10.45am when we docked in the Yeppoon marina in less than 10 knots.
As we prepared to dock on the hammerhead of the visitors wharf a kindly lady offered to lend a hand.
Boaties do seem to be the nicest people and it would have been impolite to refuse the offer even though we could do with the practice.
Scott needed cigarettes so he headed to the petrol station in the south east corner of the marina.
I followed him thinking I might get something tasty as being away from grease, sugar and salt for days gets the mind thinking about junk food.
The servo scalped Scott and I couldn’t find anything nice to eat.
On the way back to the boat the same lady that helped with the docking called out from her boat to stop and say hello.
Once again it would be rude to refuse and so I met Diane and John.
They were relaxing on the rear deck of their sailing cat Elan, a boat that she and John had built.
It was a lovely boat and took them 5 years to build.
Elan is around 40 feet long and has a spacious bridge deck and a great rear deck under a fiberglass roof.
I spent an hour or so chatting to them before Scott walked by to be introduced and then the boat comparisons began.
“Mines longer”, “but mines got more head room” just the usual sort of thing.
Elan and Just jammin couldn’t be more different but both boats were exactly what the respective owners wanted.
Diane also identified my mystery shark as a Grey Reef Shark.
A little after lunch we left the marina and headed north back to Corio Bay with an east south easterly of a steady 15 knots and seas of less than a meter.
By 2.30pm the wind had once again died off and we had to motor the last few miles.
As we got closer to the bay we began to notice many dead pilchards floating around the golden algae swirls.
The swell was slight and the tide reasonably high so Scott was able to motor across the sand banks with little trouble.
Once round the promontory we anchored and kicked back to watch some “Survivorman” episodes to pass the night away.
Text and photos by Fingers 2015
[edit: I needed to edit to give credit where credit was due, Diane and John both built their fine boat Elan]